I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)
So sayeth Paul, but you don't have to be a saint to know where he's coming from. I come home from work with all sorts of good intentions: I'll catch up on my correspondence (which only has a six-month head start), learn to make a pie crust, organize my photos, reupholster the cushions, make some art, all of which are activities that I actually enjoy once I start doing them. But I'm tired, and then Mariska Hargitay sings her siren song, and there goes another evening....
So I need tricks and strategies to help me do the things I actually want to do instead of the things I do by default. My current techniques, though, seem straight out of Elsabeth Kubler-Ross: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression--so is it any wonder that they don't seem to work very well as motivators?
Cure grads and others, what works for you to get yourself active at home?
P.S. Just in time for the end of Art Month, my partner Erica Harris is showing new work at Object Image Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Come on by for the opening reception on Saturday, January 27th from 4-7 pm. We're making cookies in the shape of airplanes.